Time for Tea!

How do you take your tea? Cream, sugar, lemon? Well at this party, not only can you enjoy a hot cup of tea and healthy delicious treats, but you also get the chance to learn a little history. At American Girl Teatime, young girls have the chance to bring along their favorite doll or toy and enjoy some quality time with friends and family. We meet the last Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30pm at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center.

During each gathering of American Girl Teatime, we learn about inspiring female historical figures and later hold a discussion. Each month has a different topic and theme. At our first get together in March, we learned about the life and accomplishments of Helen Keller, and practiced how to sign the alphabet using American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet. For April’s get together, I chose a female historical figure that was left in the suggestion box by a participant. We learned about Annie Funk, a local female historical figure, who dedicated her life to missionary work, and who also gave up her seat on a lifeboat on the Titanic to save the lives of others. Again we held a conversation around how she was brave and why she is an inspiration. Girls later worked on an activity sheet based off of what we learned about the Titanic and of Annie Funk’s life.

All girls that attend this program receive a diary to keep and to write in. Along with their doll, girls bring their diaries back to each meeting and we take time to share and talk together. A small activity is also planned that relates to the topic at each gathering.

The main idea of this program is to create a comfortable atmosphere for girls to spend time with their friends, family, and dolls together and to learn about inspiring female historical figures. It is important to have role models to look up to in life, and if we take a look back at history there are quite a few role models to learn about and be encouraged by. I hope that girls have a chance to socialize and to make new friends with other girls who have common interests. Also, I wish that they leave feeling optimistic and to believe that they can reach any goal that they have for the future.

May’s American Girl Teatime is coming up this Thursday, the 29th. I hope to see returning and new faces there. All are welcome to this free program. Small donations are appreciated to support and continue other programs that the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center hosts. You will also find out who we will be learning and discussing about and partake in fun activities! If you have any comments or questions please contact me at 215-679-3103 or laura@schwenkfelder.com.

History has always motivated and intrigued me to try my best in creating a better future. Any action helps… perhaps even holding a teatime program. So, how do you take your tea? You can tell me at the next American Girl Teatime!

Laura Price
Museum Educator
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center



About schwenkfelder

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.
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